|Twisted tales: or should the book of Judges be censored? - Tim Bulkeley|
Judges is definitely not suitable for Sunday School reading, the bits that are told are firmly censored, and few of us go back to notice what we are missing. But, if we do, what we find is a book chock full of horrid twisted tales, brutal, brutish and sadly not short. Why? Can such a nasty collection of stories be justified, or should it simply be banned?
Keywords: Judges; Narrative; Sex; bible
|E100-29: Judges 13:1 - 16:31: Samson a biblical superhero? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
It's certainly hard to find a superhero in the Bible! Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and even Moses - all fail - though some of them look good the way we try to... by comparison with their neighbours, family or friends think of how Moses shines when compared to Aaron. But Samson! He's super strong, has a fatal weakness, and a secret identity (as a Nazirite :) However in this podcast we'll look closer, and in noticing some details of how the story is told uncover what is really going on ;)
Keywords: samson; bible; judges
|E100: Week six: Is Ruth also among the Judges? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The book of Judges starts badly and gets worse. The end gets completely censored, never read in church, even the Sunday School stories get their naughty bits covered up! The book ends with a slogan in 21:25 "In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as they saw fit." Which neatly prepares for the books of Samuel except by the time we reach the end of 2 Kings (even if we are slow learners) we realise that kings are not much better...
Keywords: ruth; judges; bible; bible study
|E100-27: Judges 4:1 - 5:31: Deborah - a twice-told tale - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
The story of Deborah, the prophetess and judge, is one of those biblical stories told to us twice, first in a prose narrative and then in a poetic celebration (the Exodus crossing of the sea in Ex 14 & 15 provides another example). In this case the details, what Western minds call "facts" and worship above all other sorts of information, are strikingly different between the two tellings: * In chapter 4: there is a focus on Canaanite oppression of the people of Israel, the battle concerns particu...
Keywords: judges; deborah; poetry; prose; narrative; bible
|E100-26: Judges 2:6 - 3:6: A vicious cycle or A divine alarm-clock? - Dr Tim Bulkeley|
There's a nasty cycle that repeats time and again in Judges, and that forms a theme of the history in the books of Samuel and Kings too: * Israel forgets that Yhwh is the ONE who has given them everything * they start to worship/serve other Gods * God allows an enemy to oppress them * they call to God â who raises up a strong leader who by God's power rescues them This pattern was described in Deuteronomy so these books (with Joshua) get called the "Deuteronomistic History" by scholars...
Keywords: deuteronomist; deuteronomistic history; deuteronomy; judges; bible; bible study